My friends call me a prayer warrior. This may stem from my thinking of prayer as a way of life. I do pray in my quiet time, and I also pray for needs of people when a situation makes my soul cry. Often times, I pray while watching the news as different stories touch the raw places of my heart. I remember times when I’ve prayed in stores, while walking on my power walks, or while lap swimming.
So how did this praying way of life begin? I remember teaching a Sunday school lesson to third graders about fifteen years ago. The lesson highlighted the verse, “Pray without ceasing,” I Thess 5:17. I found the verse captivating and life-changing. The lesson plan suggested wearing a wrist band as a reminder. Although it seemed corny back before the rubber wrist bands became popular, I decided to try it.
Wearing the wrist band changed my life. I learned to pray arrow prayers all day. In addition to my regular Bible study and prayer time, I began the lifelong voyage of praying as a way of life. I prayed for parking spots at Costco, my friends, my relatives, finances, missionaries, for people to develop an addiction to God’s word, and for my health. I prayed for needs of others that came up, and for the Lord to cleanse my heart. The simplest way to say it is that I prayed for anything that came across my mind.
A few years later, I went to graduate school to get a better understanding of the Bible. Later, I prayed to get into the counseling field because people have always trusted me with their problems.
To work my way through grad school, I cleaned houses. While cleaning, I prayed according to the tasks I completed. When I cleaned toilets, I asked the Lord to cleanse my heart. I also asked him to cleanse us for our sins as a nation. While vacuuming and noticing dirt and other debris, I asked God to reveal the parts of my life that needed change. I also thanked the Lord for his grace, mercy, and for specific answers to prayer. I sang worship songs. I thanked God for his love, and I breathed out prayer.
Nowadays the Lord has blessed me with my own cleaning person and a private counseling practice. I still pray as a way of life, and I am eternally grateful for how the Lord opened this window of prayer as a lifestyle.